Non-Energy Benefits of Efficient Oil Furnaces
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Efficient Oil-fired furnaces make your home more comfortable. Some models are less prone to causing indoor air quality problems or house fires.
Efficient Oil-fired furnaces may provide the following benefits in addition to reducing your energy bills.
- Improved Comfort. Efficient furnaces provide greater comfort because they cycle on and off less often, and have improved controls so as to provide more precise comfort control throughout the home.
- Improved Indoor Air Quality. Some efficient furnaces (e.g. sealed combustion units) contain and exhaust all the "combustion products" with no chance of their being introduced into the home.
- Improved Fire Safety. Efficient furnaces don't need to operate for as many hours to provide the required heat. This means that time when flames are present is reduced, which has been noted by some insurance companies as a benefit in terms of improved fire safety.
You can obtain additional benefits by having your contractor install the correct size (capacity) of furnace for your home. A properly sized furnace can reduce noise (because of its reduced airflow), increase comfort (because the longer run times provide a more consistent furnace output rate), improve combustion safety (because of decreased potential for depressurization), and also reduce energy consumption.